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Graduation Information

Graduation vs. Commencement: What is the difference?


The process of being awarded a degree. To be awarded a degree, candidates must apply for graduation, have a degree audit by their advisor, and meet all degree requirements.


The congratulatory ceremony (walking across the stage) held each Fall and Spring in which the attainment of a degree is recognized by the University community, friends, and family.

Actual degrees are not awarded at the commencement ceremony.

A final degree audit must be completed before a degree is officially awarded. A degree audit will not be completed unless the candidate applies for graduation in the term in which they plan to graduate.

Commencement Program Deadline

After the September 15 or February 15 graduation deadline, the student’s name may not be in the Commencement Program. Additionally, any changes to the diploma name must be made before these deadlines.

College/Major Information

The link below is a list of undergraduate majors by college. This is the college you should be walking with in the commencement ceremony, the college your name will be under in the program, and the college dean’s signature that will be on your diploma.

College/Major Information

Attention Doctoral Students

Doctoral students may participate in commencement ceremonies only after completing all requirements for graduation, including the successful defense of the dissertation and subsequent acknowledgement by the Graduate School of all required documentation. Summer Term graduates are welcome to participate in the December commencement ceremony following their Summer Term graduation.

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